Croeso i Dosbarth Mr Johnson a Mrs Newton We’re currently reading and completing activities on Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We’re using our Understanding of Mantle of the expert to set up ‘mini mantles’ based on the book. Fractions, angles, time and data are areas we’ll cover in Numeracy. We’ll also be using our maths of the day and times tables rocks programme to support our number work. In topic we’re researching Australia where we’re currently looking at the devastating effects of the bushfires.
How can you help your child? We greatly value all the support you give your child at home. Please continue to read each night with your child; five minutes each evening can make a huge difference to your child’s understanding and confidence. Don’t forget to read to them aswell, whatever their age! For a child to continue to develop an extensive vocabulary they must access texts that are challenging and demanding—the best way for them to do this is for you to read to them, and don’t forget to talk about what you have read together so that you can clarify understanding and develop their thinking and reflection skills.
The children have all become familiar with the website Topmarks (www.topmarks.co.uk) during the last term, it has a huge range of games and online activities for the children to complete either individually or with a parent supporting. In addition the children need to regularly practise their times tables up to 10 x 10 so that they can quickly recall them and use them in their work. I believe practical maths at home is a great way to explore and develop concepts; looking at a calendar, calculating times for a TV programme, reading a bus timetable, calculating quantities for baking, adding up toys they would like from the Argos catalogue, working out a good deal/bad deal in the supermarket etc. The more experience of using maths in everyday life they have, the easier they will find new concepts taught at school.